The Alzheimer’s Association is here to help.
The Alzheimer's Association Helpline (1.800.272.3900) operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in 170 languages. Our staff is highly trained and knowledgeable about all aspects of Alzheimer’s disease. The Helpline is partially funded by Genesis HealthCare.
Call us if you have questions about:
Alzheimer’s disease or memory loss, medications and treatment options, brain health and care options
How the Association can help you
Caregiving tips and respite care options
Services available in your community and referrals
You can also call us for emotional support –– as often as you need. We know that living with Alzheimer’s can be overwhelming at times. Remember, we are here for you –– all day, every day.
If you prefer, email Angela Recchiuti. We check the e-mail box daily and will respond to your inquiry within 72 hours.
Early Stage Support
The Delaware Valley Chapter has established a multi-level program to involve people who are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder in various ways. W e provide early stage educational programs in each of our 18 counties, which can help to answer questions about the diagnostic process and provide valuabl e information and first steps. Early Stage Support Groups have been developed as a second level to provide ongoing supportive care for persons with the disease and their care partners. Our early stage participants are the voice for the 294,000 persons diagnosed in our area, serving as speakers, volunteers and active members of our Early Stage Advisory Committee. For more information e-mail Kerry Brown, Associate Director Clinical Services, or call our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.
Our professional staff is dedicated to helping people navigate through the difficult decisions and uncertainties people with Alzheimer’s and their families face at every stage of the disease. We can provide care consultation services to you by telephone, e-mail or in person. These include:
Assessment of needs
Assistance with planning and problem solving
For more information, or to schedule your care consultation, contact Ja-eun Lee, Clinical Care coordinator, or call our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.
Over 200 support groups meet monthly throughout the Delaware Valley area to provide a place to learn about coping with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. A variety of support groups encourage members to share information, give and receive mutual support and exchange coping skills.
The Alzheimer’s Association message boards and chat rooms provide an online community for persons with Alzheimer's, caregivers and care providers. Our message boards have thousands of registered members from around the United States and thousands more who refer to the stories and information that is available 24 hours a day.
The Alzheimer’s Association offers dozens of fact sheets and brochures. Click here for a listing.
We also maintain a variety of educational materials (brochures, videos, audiotapes and books) on topics related to Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. To learn more about our library, call us at 1.800.272.3900.
The Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter's Learning Academy is built upon four key componenets - Education, Guidance, Empowerment and Recognition - and devoted to helping our constituents...
- Improve their understanding of dementia and its impact on the individual, family unit and society
- Increase tools for deliverying quality care to those affected
- Build stronger ties to agency and community resources
- Enhance and empower the caregiver journey
The Learning Academy offers free consumer education programs such as
- The Basics of Alzheimer's Disease
- Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters
- Living with Alzheimer's for Caregivers
- Understanding Behaviors and Improving Communication
We offer classroom and Web-based training for healthcare supervisors and direct care workers in assisted living and nursing homes. Many programs allow you to earn CEUs.
Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders that cause dementia know no boundaries. Many individuals and families in ethnic and cultural minority groups are in need of solid information about Alzheimer’s disease and health resources.
Medic Alert +Safe Return®
A wanderer's alert program, Medic Alert+Safe Return® is the only 24-hour nationwide registration system of its kind designed to help identify, locate and return individuals who are memory impaired due to Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder. Assistance is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If an enrollee is missing, one phone call immediately activates a community support network to help reunite the lost person with his or her caregiver.
Green-Field Library, accessible thru the national web site, http://www.alz.org/ , is the largest resource center devoted to increasing knowledge about clincal, scientific and social aspects of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. At all our local chapter offices, communty members can also access videos, books journals and brochures.
Local resources and referrals
We maintain updated information on home care, adult day care, care coordination, assisted living, skilled nursing facilities, eldercare lawyers and transportation available in the community. Our staff and trained professionals can help assess whether a specific care provider meets the needs of an individual with Alzheimer’s. For more information call our Helpline at 800.272.3900